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Describe a Historic Place [IELTS Cue Card]
Jan10

Describe a Historic Place [IELTS Cue Card]

Looking back at the “recent posts” section of this website, I see that I haven’t posted much since before Christmas! I am very sorry about that. As many of you know, I quit my job in China and returned to Scotland to spend Christmas with my family. It was a wonderful time and I’m so glad that I could go home. It had been eleven years since I was last home for the holidays!!! Can you believe that? Here is our...

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Describe a Modern Building [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Dec01

Describe a Modern Building [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

I have talked before on this website about how to describe buildings. Here I gave some general information and example questions and here is some useful vocabulary. Today, however, we are going to get more specific. I will show you how to describe a building for IELTS speaking part 2. We’ll look at how to analyze the cue card, make suitable notes, and then give a perfect answer. The Cue Card – Describe a Building There are...

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What to do when you don’t understand a question
Nov08

What to do when you don’t understand a question

The IELTS speaking exam can be difficult. One of the biggest problems is not understanding the examiner. So what do you do when you encounter a difficult question? In today’s lesson, I’ll show you how to deal with this problem without losing marks. This is the video lesson: What should you do when you don’t understand a question in IELTS speaking? First of all, try not to panic when the examiner asks you a question...

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Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]
Oct21

Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]

It is really important for IELTS speaking that you are able to describe people. There are so many questions about friends and family and even celebrities. In part two of the speaking exam, you may be given a cue card that asks you to describe a person. You should be comfortable talking about their personality, their appearance, and their habits. All this can come in really useful. Today, we’re going to look at how to describe...

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IELTS Speaking Part 2
Oct11

IELTS Speaking Part 2

The IELTS speaking test is comprised of three parts, each of which is a little harder than the previous. Part 2 is different from the others as it has no question to answer. Instead, there is a cue card that gives a task. This will usually say “Describe a…” and then has some further instructions. It is sometimes called “The Long Turn” by tutors and students, as you need to speak for a longer time. Today,...

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Describe a Restaurant [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Sep26

Describe a Restaurant [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

In the IELTS speaking exam, you may be asked about almost any common part of life. There are some predictable topics you often encounter, and most of these are broad human experiences – you know, sports and education and family, etc. In part two, you need to describe something. This could be a person, a place, or an experience. In the past, I have written articles and recorded sample answers for many part two topics, from...

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